It was hard leaving my classes in the final weeks of working in the schools. The kids and I had grown surprisingly close over the course of the year/semester through all the jokes and learning moments. I also began training the incoming site leaders via google hangout.
I volunteered in each school twice during this time. I also met multiple times with Inspiring Minds, Kelly, and the Swearer Center to figure out our partnership for the coming year.
I volunteered in both schools twice during this time due to weather related cancellations. Kelly and I met with Melissa via google hangout to work out BCIs and mandatory reporting problems. I gave an interview to News@Brown about SCP and Bonner and participated in STEAM night at Fogarty with two volunteers who did an egg drop and ooblek.
I went in to both schools, held an info session, responded to emails, and met with my community partner. The kids who I just met at Dabate are starting to get to now me, which is exciting, and the students at Fogarty are respecting me more and more, although one threw an eraser at me this week.
This MPC workshop was incredibly informative about the difficulties facing people who are hard to categorize neatly. It was wild watching the racial categories shift with the changing conditions as they walked us through the history of racial categorization on the census. I was also unaware that POC was a controversial term, but I heard arguments on both sides arguing that it is both a marginalizing and inclusive term. It was especially informative as someone who always fits into the categories given because I am, and always have been, innately what the government considers "noraml."